About TASC

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Our Mission


To facilitate trusted, high quality and innovative clinical research to improve health outcomes for the people of Tayside and beyond.

The Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC) was formally established on 1st January 2010. The Centre combines the research strengths of the University of Dundee with NHS Tayside and is part of the Eastern Node of NHS Research Scotland. Leadership of TASC is provided by the Joint Research & Development Director Professor Jacob George. He works closely with the Senior Research & Development Manager of TASC Graeme Boyle.

TASC underpins the activities of the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside and brings together, within a single organisational framework, the existing functions of the Clinical Research Centre, Clinical Research Imaging Facility (CRIF), the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU), the Tayside Biorepository and the joint functions of the NHS Research & Development office and the University's Research & Innovation Services (in relation to clinical research). This strategic alignment brings greater efficiency to research management and governance across the University and NHS.

The key aim of TASC is to make research easier for all health professionals and to promote a strong culture of research within the NHS. The TASC offices are housed within refurbished accommodation on level 3 of the old Nursing School premises on the Ninewells Hospital, Dundee site, co-located with the East of Scotland Research Ethics Service.

Although the venture is a joint enterprise between the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, strong partnerships have been formed with NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley and the University of St Andrews.